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Felting Needles and your Dreads?


So I went a little crazy a few months back with some scissors and cut off a bunch of my overly large loops. Needless to say while it worked in some spots I now have some interesting things going on with my dreads. One of which is splitting and then locking up so it looks like a two ended tail without it being two dreads originally. So I was thinking of using a felting needle to recombine the areas that are not attaching properly because the dread is already fairly mature.

Has anyone else used a felting needle on their dreads, if so what was the result?


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yes...I did it quite successfully. I posted before and after pics somewhere. But I think it breaks the hair, so do it sparingly!

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Thanks Paisley! Looks like I'll be picking up a felting needle this weekend, most of the damage is at the bottom of my dreads so I don't mind a little more damage for the sake of beautiful locks.

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Re: Felting Needles and your Dreads?


you cut the loops!?!?!?! roflmao...

ok look at it like this... yea you stoped what you didnt like now... for your **** thats going on now that you dont like for some reason... but later what the **** is going to happen to those parts it was tightnin at.... keep cuttin your **** and in a few years... if u havnt cut them ALL OFF... post pics of what it looks like emoticon.
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heyyo, it's not as bad as it sounds. My dreads were fairly mature when I cut the loops and the ones I did cut had been there for about 6 months or so and defied anything I could do to get them down i.e crocheting, beads, wraps...ect. There's only a few areas where the dread kind of split off (mainly cause my dreads started as twists which is why I had such a horrendous loop problem to begin with). At a year I still have loops that started in my first month that refuse to suck in; I'm thinking I'll try the felt needle on them.

Here's a pic of the worst one, there are only a few of them throughout my dreads:

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Re: Felting Needles and your Dreads?


use a really small sixe one. They work the best especially if your dreads are really mature.

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So I've seached all sorts of hobby stores and haven't had any luck finding a felting needle, any suggestions where I can get one?

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Try a knitting store...one that sells only yarn and knitting or crochet supplies. Or you can order needles from www.peacefleece.com for about 25 cents each (+ shipping). Also...pick up a few of those coffee stir sticks to put over the sharp side. Felting needles are EXTREMELY sharp! Though by your signature...I'm sure that won't be a problem! emoticon

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Haha, thanks paisley. I'll order one and let you guys know how it worked on the split.

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